How to Say Goodbye Properly in Japanese

learn to how to say goodbye properly in japanese!

I have watched some anime and seen a wide variety of words that can be used with the same objective: to say goodbye. So I thought I might write an article on the subject.

How to Say Goodbye Properly in Japanese

The variety of words we can use is great. In this case, I will mention the ones that I believe are more important and that generate more doubts among students of the Japanese language.

Hover the mouse cursor over the Japanese letters to see their pronunciation and translation.

さようなら - Goodbye

I believe this is the most well-known and most misused word by foreigners in Japan. This word should be used in cases where we don't know if we will see that person again. We can also use さようなら when we don't want to see that person again. That's why さようなら It is used a lot when Japanese people end their relationship.

Therefore, avoid using さようなら to say goodbye when you know you're going to see the people you're saying goodbye to again. This may seem very strange to the Japanese.

それでは(それじゃ)、また明日会いましょう。 – Well, see you tomorrow.

This would be a more formal way of saying goodbye when we know we're going to see people again. In general, this phrase is used by co-workers and friends in more formal conversations.

じゃ、また明日。 - See you tomorrow.

This is just a shorter version of それでは(それじゃ)、また明日会いましょう。. If you wish to speak little and with objectivity, you can choose to じゃ、また明日.

じゃね、また。 - Until later.

またね。 - Until later.

The two words above are short forms and are often used in informal conversations. They are used a lot in the daily lives of people in Japan.

バイバイ。 - Goodbye.

バイバイ is a loanword taken from English (bye bye). Although some unsuspecting men insist on using this word, it is predominantly used by women. Not to mention that some men, using this word in a sensitive and delicate way, can convey an idea other than a simple goodbye.

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Kanji calligraphy exercise

Below are the Japanese ideographic symbols used in this article. Selecting the desired kanji and copy and paste them into Worksheet for Kana and Kanji Practice  by clicking on the Generate button, a new window will open where you will be able to see the file for printing. Then just print the symbols and try to write it yourself. Just print and practice!